After a recent farm attack in the area, four suspects went back again to steal more loot, but were arrested. According to Hi-Tech Security supervisor Rian Prinsloo, the incident occurred on a plot on the R40 opposite the Jathira fuel station.
“The suspects first hit the place on Sunday at 20:30,” said Prinsloo. The attackers broke into a farmworker’s room and tied him up with shoelaces and rope.
“They took all the keys and remotes from him,” he said. The suspects went through to the storeroom where they took two brushcutters and then proceeded to open the garage to the main house with a remote they had acquired.
“They ransacked the house and started loading the farmer’s BMW 318I with goods. He was away at the time. They even loaded the vehicle with liquor which they had found in the house,” said Prinsloo. While the men were ransacking the home, the worker managed to free himself and ran to the next house on the property. “Another worker phoned our control room and we headed out there with the police. On arrival, they were already ransacking the main bedroom, but heard us and ran off,” he said. Prinsloo and the police waited at the scene for forensics to arrive. A knife had been seen lying on the seat of the BMW.
“The next morning, I received a call from the investigating officer who said he had received a tip-off that the men were going to go back to the farm,” said Prinsloo. He met with the officer and they drove through in unmarked vehicles. They patiently staked out the plot.
“It was about half an hour later that we saw three of the suspects in the BMW slowly driving out. That is when we arrested them.” The other man was not in the car as he was on lookout duty. He was arrested shortly afterwards on the side of the road. “I looked for the knife, but it was gone, luckily all of them were not armed.” Mpumalanga police spokesman, Sgt Gerald Sedibe, said they had arrested the suspects and were investigating the matter further.